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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374100985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374100988
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Accepting the Disaster

"Accepting the Disaster is a book that anyone who reads poetry should read; I suspect we will be reading it for a very long time to come."
—Adam Kirsch, The New Republic

“At nearly every turn Joshua Mehigan makes the right choices—imaginatively and formally—in his exciting new collection Accepting the Disaster. And they're choices that could never be anticipated—uncanny, really, and thoroughly invigorating. Surprise and inevitability, that is the mark of a first-rate artist, and Mehigan is nothing if not that: breadth of intelligence, freshness of invention, skill at the wheel are everywhere to be found in these pages. The man's got it, in spades.”
—August Kleinzahler, author of Hotel Oneira

“These poems are built to last, and they will. It's the beautiful authority of the writing and its music, and of the deep disinterested pity and respect for these people and their things and places, poem after wonderful poem. The uncanny great poem ‘The Sponge,’ and, say, ‘The Cement Plant,’ ‘The Polling Place’ and ‘The Smokestack,’ and that amazing tour de force title poem are just instances, how strange, how sweet, of the mastery.”
David Ferry, National Book Award-winning author of Bewilderment

Praise for The Optimist

“[A] work of some poise and finish, by turns delicate and robust, making balanced use of the imposing and receptive facets of intelligence . . . Does not feel like a debut.” —D. H. Tracy, Poetry

About the Author

Joshua Mehigan’s first book, The Optimist, was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. His poems have appeared in many periodicals, including The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry, where he has been a frequent contributor of poems and essays. His writing has also been featured in Poetry Daily and The Writer’s Almanac, and in numerous anthologies. He is the recent recipient of Poetry magazine’s 2013 Levinson Prize and of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mehigan lives in New York City.


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Joshua Mehigan's first book, The Optimist (Ohio UP), was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry and winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. His second book, Accepting the Disaster, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in July 2014.

Mehigan's poems have appeared in many periodicals, including The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry, which awarded him its 2013 Levinson Prize. His writing has also been featured on Poetry Daily and The Writer's Almanac, and in anthologies such as Poetry: A Pocket Anthology (Penguin) and Bright Wings (Columbia UP). Translations of his poems by Christophe Fricker have appeared in various German periodicals, including Akzente and Krachkultur.

In 2011, Mehigan was awarded Poetry magazine's Editors Prize for best feature article of the year, and was also the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Born in upstate New York in 1969, he has lived for the past twenty years in New York City.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William A. Conelly on September 4, 2014
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This is one great book of poetry, the best of its type since The Whitsun Weddings. If you know and respect Philip Larkin, read Joshua Mehigan.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judy Schneier on September 19, 2014
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I enjoyed these poems very much. I found them very accessible and carefully made. The themes interested me. Worth reading
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